Movie Questions

All of my books have been at various times optioned to become movies; some have moved further in the process than others, but only The Fault in Our Stars has become a movie. It will be released on June 6, 2014 in the United States, and you can watch the trailer below:

As for the other books:

Q. Looking for Alaska movie? I can haz? Nao plz?
A. The rights to the Looking for Alaska movie are owned by Paramount, which hired Josh Schwartz to write and direct the film. Josh wrote an excellent screenplay adaptation of the book, a screenplay which I desperately loved, but there was no enthusiasm for that kind of movie at Paramount, and so far as I know, there still isn’t. Paramount will probably still own the rights to LFA when my initial readers grow up and become famous film executives; hopefully then someone will make it, hopefully with Josh’s script, which I continue to love. Anyway, it could get made at any time, but I don’t know anything more than that.

Q. Katherines movie?
A. An Abundance of Katherines was optioned by a small production company that in the end couldn’t get a movie together; we’re now working with a different production company with the hopes of setting it up somewhere, but that’s a long way off.

Q. Paper Towns movie?
A. The rights to Paper Towns were optioned by Mandate Pictures (which made Juno), and I was hired to write the screenplay. I worked hard on the script for much of 2009, but in the end Mandate didn’t feel they had the kind of screenplay they could shoot. So it goes.

Q. Will Grayson, Will Grayson?
A. WGWG has not been optioned. (To quote a real live movie producer who really said this about Will Grayson, Will Grayson, “The only thing Hollywood hates more than smart teenagers is smart, gay teenagers.” I hope Hollywood will prove this movie producer wrong someday.)

Q. I would like to audition to be in the movie of your book?
A. Should Hollywood ever greenlight any of my other books, and should there be an open casting call, I will definitely let you know on the blog and in a video and on twitter and so on. But it should be noted that I have exactly as much say in casting as you do.

Q. How much did you change in the Paper Towns screenplay?
A. A lot. (For one thing, the ending was completely different.) I’ve always believed that a movie CAN’T be faithful to a book, because a book is something that happens in conversation between a writer and a reader, whereas a movie is mostly something you look at. So, like, trying to render the people and events of a novel on screen is impossible, I think, because you’ll only end up with some poor approximation of the magic of the book. So in the end I’d rather make a good movie than a faithful one, which is what I tried to do. I wanted the ideas of the book to be preserved, but mostly I just want the movie to be good.

Q. Where should I send a screenplay to get it produced?
A. If I had a reliable answer to that question, I’d have gotten my own screenplay produced. I’m sorry to say I have absolutely no idea how one goes about submitting screenplays.

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Scathach December 19, 2014 at 10:26 am

Dear Mr.Green,
I am still working on my novel right now
and i’m totally inspired by some of your
novels.But Mr.Green…i have a special question for you.The first is about what are the steps to publish a script to a publisher(would you mind to tell me about your publisher)The second is about The Fault in Our Stars : would you tell me how’s the process when they asked for your script to be adapted into a movie?The Publisher called you first or what?


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